Experimental Health Psychology

The Experimental Health Psychology (EHP) research group studies the role of psychological processes in bodily symptoms in humans. It aims at furthering the understanding of psychologic mechanisms underlying health and disease and applies this knowledge to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with ill health. Here you'll find EHP's publications.

More specific research topics include

  • Vulnerability factors for chronification of bodily symptoms (e.g. fear, catastrophising);
  • The role of learning processes in bodily symptoms;
  • Positive psychology and resilience in relation to dealing with bodily symptoms (e.g. optimism, positive affect);
  • The influence of social context on development and expression of bodily symptoms;
  • Interpersonal aspects of sexual functioning and regulation of sexual emotions;
  • Treatment evaluation and mechanisms (e.g. cognitive behavioral treatment, exposure in vivo, positive psychology interventions);
  • Development and validation of screening and assessment instruments.

For further information and publications, see “staff”.

Staff members


  • Rachel Sjouwermans
  • Maurice Theunissen

PhD students

  • Ahmed Attakay
  • Eveliina Glogan
  • Mathilde Kennis
  • Anne Lukas
  • Justine MacGoris
  • Neha Parashar
  • Aleksandra Pawlowska
  • Eleana Pinto
  • Pietro Scarone
  • Juliane Traxler
  • Kristof Vandael
  • Liyang Wu
  • Jiaojing Xu
  • Ting Xu
  • Satish Kumar (extern)